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Must-Visit Independent Bookstores in Delhi NCR

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New Delhi, India. 6th February 2020. A woman selecting an old second-hand book inside the book store. The book store is located in Connaught Place around the center of New Delhi.

Independent bookshops have, for long, been enchanting gateways to a world brimming with exceptional reads.

Prominent institutions in their own rights, Delhi’s independent bookshops, are not only an integral part of the city but also loved and cherished by the local reading community.

Midland Bookshop

Founded by Mirza Yaseen Baig, Midland in Aurobindo Place, South Delhi is a nothing short of an iconic landmark.

A magical space packed with books in all genres, the bookshop has been operational since 1978.

It now has two more outlets, one in Delhi and the other in Gurgaon.

The family-run bookshop has catered to generations of book lovers, enticing them with thousands of titles old and new, over four decades.

When visiting Midland, don’t be surprised if you bump into a famous author, many of whom come here to sign their books.

Chapter 101

Chapter 101 in Gurgaon stands out for taking the “road less traveled” when we talk about the world of bookshops.

Instead of cramming in every possible title, especially the latest bestsellers, Chapter 101 focuses more on curated collections that speak highly of its owner and regular customers.

The bookshop’s ambiance complements its book selection with a sophisticated look consisting of wooden shelves featuring special editions, hardbacks, genre-specific reads, and a few collectibles.

The Bookshop

Operational since 1970, The Bookshop is a humble old soul of a bookstore with a passionate following.

Situated in Jor Bagh, it’s a charming space, never too crowded, and ideal for a book lover who prefers a little peace when wanting to decide on their next book.

Featuring a lovely shop-cat and specializing in graphic novels, literary fiction, poetry, crime, and nonfiction, you are likely to find quite a few hidden gems while browsing around The Bookshop.

Faqir Chand Bookstore

A legendary book shopping spot in Khan Market, Faqir Chand has been serving enthusiastic bookworms since 1951.

The floor to ceiling stacks of books can be a little daunting at times, but the staff is always on hand to search for that particular novel you are looking to buy.

Not to forget, the rows and rows of books make an excellent background for all your bookish photographs.

So, the next time you are on the lookout for a new book to read, skip ordering it online and opt for a more immersive and personal experience by visiting one of the above, absolutely charming independent bookshops.

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